Biltar, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Fellow Since 2003
This profile was prepared when Tina Suprihatin was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
Millions of Indonesians have left their country to work overseas, and more leave each day. The wages they earn in Asia and the Middle East and send back home contribute greatly to individual households as well as to regional and national economies. Some workers go legally; others risk their life to seek a better living without following legal procedure. Legal and illegal workers alike face various problems familiar to migrants worldwide: preparing for their journeys, staying in touch with loved ones, sending money safely, relating to their governments, maintaining the family across great distances, and managing money. All such issues facing migrants could be aided by a strong citizen sector focus on the issuea possibility that presses the question: How should Indonesia's citizen sector organize itself deal with the lives and livelihoods of migrant workers?
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